Councilmember, Conservancy Push for Balboa Park Facelift

The park is more than 100 years old

Councilmember Chris Ward and the Balboa Park Conservancy are pushing for more financing to give the park a facelift. Ward says the park lacks dedicated funding to keep it maintained.

"We have critical infrastructure needs here to be able to fix our pipes, and our streets and our circulation within the park. We have new buildings that we would like to get done that are almost 30 years old, and we have a lot of facilities here today that are just starting to fall into disrepair,” Ward tells NBC 7.

The park relies heavily on nonprofits and other organizations for maintenance.

Ward is holding a public meeting to hear what needs to be fixed in the park.

Two years ago Balboa Park celebrated its 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which was the inception of the park as we know it today. The Cabrillo Bridge, Botanical Building and the Organ Pavilion were all built for the expo. 

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